Workshop on Facilitating Local Language Content Access and Generation using Human Language Technologies
|Place||Al-Khwarizmi Institute of Computer Science (KICS), University of Engineering & Technology (UET), Lahore|
CLE in collaboration with National ICT R&D Fund, Ministry of Information Technology, Government of Pakistan is pleased to host a one-day workshop as per the following details:
Date: August 27, 2015
Time: 9:00 to 5:00 PM
Venue: Seminar Room, Al-Khwarizmi Institute of Computer Science (KICS),
University of Engineering & Technology (UET), Lahore
Locally relevant content online has potential to improve the socio-economic opportunities, address local governance issues, enhance educational outcomes and enrich indigenous cultural representation of local communities. Gaps in linguistic research, computing standards, end-user tools continue to pose a significant barrier for these communities across Pakistan to produce, communicate, and use resources in local language both online and through mobile platforms. With more than 60 languages spoken in Pakistan, a comprehensive and coordinated national effort is needed to mature ICTs to a level where they can be effectively used for empowering these communities.
- Importance of relevant local language content.
- Human Language Technology (HLT) for facilitating access to local language content.
- HLT for promoting generation of relevant local language content.
- Access of local content by people with disabilities.
- Role of local language content in promoting languages of Pakistan, especially preservation of languages in danger.
This workshop will bring together local language and technology experts, researchers, practitioners, ICT experts and other stakeholders to discuss different strategies for development of local language content in robust and cost effective manner.
|9:00 AM to 9:10 AM||Welcome & Introduction||National ICT R&D Fund and CLE|
|9:15 AM to 9:25 AM||Importance & Need for Relevant Local||Dr. Qasim Bugio,|
|Language Content||Pakistan Academy of Letters, GoP|
|9:30 AM to 9:40 AM||Content Generation and Dissemination from||Mr. Tayyab Aijaz|
|Publishing Industry Perspective||Managing Editor, Urdu Digest|
|9:45 AM to 9:55 AM||Challenges for Disseminating Publically|
|Produced Data||Ministry of Law, Govt. of Punjab|
|10:00 AM to 10:10 AM||Content Access Need and Challenges for||Ms. Ammara Anwar & Mr. Ali Tahir|
|People with Disabilities||Pakistan Foundation for Fighting Blindness|
|10:15 AM to 10:25 AM||Need for Preservation & Promotion of||Mr. InamUllah, President|
|Languages in Danger||Mother Tongue and Heritage for Education and|
|10:30 AM to 11:00 AM||Tea|
|11:00 AM – 11:10 AM||Model Applications for Promoting Local||Dr. Hassan Sajjad & Dr. Nadir Durrani|
|Language Content: QCRI perspective||Qatar Computing Research Center|
|11:15 AM – 11:25 AM||E-governance and Local Language Content||Mr. Waqar Naeem Qureshi|
|Director General, Punjab IT Board|
|11:30 AM to 11:40 AM||Multi-Modal Interfaces and Channels for||Dr. Agha Ali Raza|
|Access of Local Language Content||Information Technology University|
|11:45 AM to 12:15 PM||HLTs for Access, Generation & Dissemination||Dr. Sarmad Hussain|
|of Local Language Content: A National||Center for Language Engineering,|
|Perspective||KICS – UET|
|12:15- 1:00||1. Focus Group on Access of Local||Facilitators:|
|Language Content and HLTs||Dr. Sarmad Hussain &|
|2. Focus Group on Generation and||Mr. Ali Iqbal|
|Dissemination of Local Language|
|Content and HLTs|
|1:00 PM to 2:00 PM||Lunch|
|2:00 PM to 3:00 PM||Discussion Continued|
|3:00PM to 3:30 PM||Reports on Local Language Content Access, Generation and Dissemination and HLTs|
|3:30 PM to 3:45 PM||Tea|
|3:45 PM to 4:30 PM||Panel on||Panelists:|
|Next Steps for Local Language Content||Dr. Nasrullah Wazir,|
|Access, Generation and Dissemination||Pashto Academy, Peshawar|
|Dr. Muhammad Afzal, KICSIT|
|Dr. Tafseer Ahmed,|
|DHA Suffa University, Karachi|